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Gannett Presents Special 10th Anniversary Award to the Courier-Journal

The aim of Gannett’s Freedom of Information competition is to encourage and recognize Gannett newspapers for their outstanding First Amendment and Freedom of Information efforts through news stories, editorials, legal action, personal persuasion, public education and other such work.

Among Louisville’s accomplishments:

    Used records for 590 child-care providers obtained under the state’s open-records law to help expose widespread safety and health violations at child-care centers;
    Used FOI requests to report on police use of force in six fatal shootings by officers;
    Obtained legal victories against the Catholic archdiocese, gaining release of information on abuse, and – separately – it took on and pried open records from a local university;
    Used records obtained under FOI laws to report that the state mining board had done little to discipline coal companies and their supervisors for mine-safety violations. The stories were humanized by talking to victims who were paying the price of inattention to workers’ safety.

Gannett Co., Inc. is a leading international news and information company that publishes 101 daily newspapers in the USA, including USA TODAY, the nation’s largest-selling daily newspaper. The company also owns more than 900 non-daily publications in the USA and USA WEEKEND, a weekly newspaper magazine. Gannett subsidiary Newsquest is the United Kingdom’s second largest regional newspaper company. Newsquest publishes more than 300 titles, including 17 daily newspapers, and a network of prize-winning Web sites. Gannett also operates 21 television stations in the United States and is an Internet leader with sites sponsored by its TV stations and newspapers including, one of the most popular news sites on the Web.

For more information, contact:
Tara Connell
Vice President of Corporate Communications
(703) 854-6049